Freitag, 7. Januar 2011

Book review: The New English Dandy

Dear readers,

this is one of my Christmas presents: The New English Dandy by Alice Cicolini.

As you know that I'm a collector of books about fashion, this one was on my list for quite a long time, even though the cover's not very inviting (of which more later).

The main problem with most coffee table books is that you won't find any pictures of the content on the Internet. Neither on Amazon nor somewhere else.
And that's why I'd like to share my insights about this book with you.

TNED is pretty big of size. Same as "Dressing The Man". If you take a closer look at its cover, you might find it a little aggressive, as it shows Mr. Nordmann in a very arrogant pose I don't like . But, as you know, I'd never judge a book by its cover.

Alice Cicolini asks the question, what it is, that makes the dandy in the 21st century and shows us the beginning of man's fashion referring to well known dandies like Beau Brummel and Oscar Wilde, who both had a more or less big say in man's clothes.
You'll find a lot of interviews with designers, tailors, etc. and a lot of pictures of english men, trying to look as best as they can.

"The New English Dandy" is fairly inspiring to me, with a few exceptions.

The chapters:

-The Gentleman
-East End Flâneur
-Celebrity Tailor
-Terrace Casual
-New Briton

The last pages of the books feature:

-Tailor's Glossary
-Patterns For Knitted Tie And Plus-Fours
-Guidelines For Bespoke
-Picture Credits

261 illustrations, 100 in colour.

Go and buy it!

One bad thing about this book: The quality of the binding is more than questionable.

Alice Cicolini, The New English Dandy
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